Diatomaceous Earth really does the job of getting rid of bed bugs. It is the only product I would recommend using, as it is safe, non-toxic, and really does get rid of them. You do need to take safety precautions when using it, however, as it is a fine powder and can get in your lungs. I would compare it to baby powder. While it won’t hurt you, you don’t want it clogging your lungs.
- Buy 1 pound of FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth. I found it on Amazon, and had it overnighted when we discovered the bugs. You do not need a lot of it, so forgo the large 5 or 10 pound bags. We probably only used a cup total.
- Purchase the pest duster for easy application. You do not want to put too much of the powder down, as it will not be effective. The bugs need to walk through it in order for it to break up their exoskeleton, and they will avoid large clumps.
- When applying the powder, wear a mask. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something to keep you from breathing in the powder.
- Turn off all fans to prevent the powder from getting up in the air for you to breathe in (and it will get all over everything).
- Apply the diatomaceous earth powder along all baseboards, inside outlet covers (remove the plate), and around the feet of the bed and furniture.
- Let sit for a few days, sweep up, and reapply in the same fashion. You want to sweep every other day or so to sweep up any dead bugs or new eggs. Get rid of your vacuum bag after you sweep each time.
In a few days, you will no longer see the bugs alive, and hopefully after several applications they will all be gone for good!